I think I've found a solution to my problem, though, and like many problems in life, the solution involves frosting. Specifically, mixing crumbled fruitcake with frosting to form cake balls or cake pops! It turns out fruitcake is a lot tastier when it's in moist bite-sized pieces and covered in candy coating, as in this recipe for Fruitcake Truffles. Who knew? I used a pretty mild fruitcake when making this, so I added some extra cinnamon and chopped fruit to my fruitcake mix, but you can play around with the balance of fruit and spices depending on the nature of the cake you're using. These truffles kill two birds with one stone: you get a good candy to enjoy, and you can finally stop feeling guilty about throwing Aunt Bertha's fruitcakes into the trash every year!
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